Factor/Style Investing

Fact, Fiction and the Size Effect

Despite its long and illustrious history, much confusion about the size effect remains. We examine common claims about the size effect and seek to clarify some of the misunderstanding surrounding it.

Tax Aware

The Tax Benefits of Separating Alpha from Beta

We show how separating a portfolio into an active long-short portfolio and a passive index portfolio can have significant tax benefits.

Tax Aware

Multi-Period After-Tax Reporting: A Practical Solution

We propose an after-tax performance report aimed at enhancing wealth preservation and accumulation for taxable investors.

Fixed Income

(Il)liquidity Premium in Credit Markets: A Myth?

Do investors demand a risk premium for holding less liquid corporate bonds? We investigate the evidence.

Factor/Style Investing

Implementing Momentum: What Have We Learned?

We use seven years of live data to evaluate the implementability of momentum investing.

Factor/Style Investing

Deep Value

We examine the efficacy of a hypothetical deep value strategy—where the valuation spread between cheap and expensive securities is wide relative to its history—across global asset classes and also provide new evidence on competing theories for the value premium.

Portfolio Construction

Portfolio Construction Matters: A Simple Example Using Value and Momentum Themes

We compare two portfolio construction approaches, “mix” and “integrate,” and examine some examples to demonstrate how their differences may have important implications for practice.

Derivatives

Which Index Options Should You Sell?

We study return and risk properties of equity-hedged options across the S&P 500 option surface. We evaluate returns by estimating alpha to the S&P 500 and quantify risk using return volatility, losses under stress tests, and conditional value at risk.

Derivatives

Covering the World: Global Evidence on Covered Calls

Covered call strategies may be decomposed, using a risk and performance attribution methodology, into three components: equity exposure, short volatility exposure, and equity timing. This paper applies that attribution methodology to covered calls on 11 global indexes.

Factor/Style Investing

Betting Against Correlation: Testing Theories of the Low-Risk Effect

What drives the low-risk effect? We test whether it's driven by leverage constraints (and thus risk should be measured using beta) or behavioral effects (and thus risk should be measured by idiosyncratic risk).